A couple of years ago I reconstituted our family’s extensive folio of color slide transparencies into digital photo files, so as to make these photo memories more permanent.

A Missouri Conservation agent measures Stagoski's smallmouth at 19.5 inches and weighing 3.5 pounds.

MDC Fishery Biologist John Ackerman’s presentation on the preliminary findings gathered from last year’s Angler Survey of Smallmouth and Rock Bass Fishing, reminded me that some of these “ancient” photos were taken on the Current River.

The survey data collected from the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers was especially fascinating to me.

Several days later, I idly began to rummage through the collection of photos from my earliest days of Smallmouth Bass fishing, when I was a “young man.”

Suddenly a kind of excitement, unique to anglers, filled my body as I beheld photos taken while fishing on the Current River in 1959.

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